D3 Leverage blackout or T-Factor

h2o.nhkh2o.nhk Posts: 164 Baller
Due for a new binding this season (if summer ever gets here in Ohio). Used a rear lace D3 Leverage for the last several seasons and no complaints. The T-Factors are intriguing due to ease of entry, but other front lace bindings I've owned seemed to fail earlier. The lace eyelets rip out, cords come loose, etc. D3's seem to be built like tanks and I always keep my gear out of direct sunlight. Any feedback from other ballers running a T-Factor and how they hold up? Thanks!

RFF skier, RTP, 34mph, 15-35off


  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,033 Mega Baller
    I am not on the T-Factor but two guys I ski with regularly use them and have been on them for quite some time with no issues I am aware of. They seem to be quite durable.
    Mark Shaffer
  • motoskiermotoskier Posts: 20 Baller
    Do not consider the blackout from D3, useless, no support. Might be ok as a rear due to flexibility.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 24,490 Administrator
    @motoskier as I recall you prefer your 20 years old modified by mother nature and sunlight stiff is crap yellow KD overlays.

    @h2o.nhk if I was going to switch back to rubber binding the first thing I would try is the blackout.

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  • DragoDrago Posts: 920 Crazy Baller
    IMHO the t-factor is the best binding out there. Durability is good, just order extra bungees w/original order, they (naturally) wear out
  • skibrainskibrain Posts: 919 Crazy Baller
    I've had T-factors for 4 years. The only issue I've had is the bond between the two layers of rubber. Inner layer is super soft and comfy, outer is harder. At the top of the tongue and heel piece, I've found the two materials tend to separate a bit over time - top 1/16" to 1/8" from edge from normal in and out of the bindings. I returned them to D3 and got a warranty replacement within first year. Since then, it was doing a bit of same so I put a bead of black runner's Shoe Goo along the edge where they meet. Solved the issue for me, and they are great.
  • shansen345shansen345 Posts: 130 Baller
    I love my T-Factor front boot!
    Never tried a Blackout, but I was only ever so-so about the regular Leverage.
  • h2o.nhkh2o.nhk Posts: 164 Baller
    edited April 30
    Thanks guys, good feedback. If I would have done a little more homework I would have realized that perfski sells all the overlay replacements as well. T-Factor soon to be coming my way. Maybe it will help me find more than 2 ball at 35.
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,460
    T-Factor is an awesome boot, you won't regret it.
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  • ralral Posts: 1,677 Mega Baller
    Anyone has tested the T-Factor as a rear binding with a front Reflex?

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  • z_skierz_skier Posts: 2 Baller
    T-factor is an great choice. Gives me an excellent feel of connection to the ski. I've skied the T-factor quite some time and I love it. Surprisingly comfortable for a rubber style boot.
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 704 Crazy Baller
    For all the T-factor superfans out there I could never make that binding work for me. Went from a Leverage to the T-factor and after a few weeks of really sad results, back to the Leverage. Night and day difference. Could run buoys with the Leverage, could not run buoys worth a damn with the T-factor. Very simple experiment and consistent result. I believe there is a forward ankle bend that the Leverage forces that the T-factor does not force. I thought the T-factor was comfy but the performance, at least for me, was a disaster.
  • skibrainskibrain Posts: 919 Crazy Baller
    @jhughes since this thread is about newer Leverage Blackout is that the binding you’re referencing or old Leverage?
  • VONMANVONMAN Posts: 52 Baller
    Been using Leverage bindings for years. Was never a fan of lacing it up tight, so when the new Leverage Blackout bindings came out I bought a new front boot to try. ( I'm a rear tow loop fan) Didn't notice a difference, so all is good in my world. Same feel and support.
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  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 1,544 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I have just switched from a Leverage to a Tfactor, instant improvement, loving the Tfactor from the get go, my ski seems to be on edge more and the feedback from the ski in the turn is better, the ski seems to turn more positively, I defintely have more width with more space, more comfortable than the leverage, really happy to have made the change.

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